Red Cross responds to Hurricane Irma

CANADA, September 07, 2017 — The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance following Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane that has become one of the strongest storms recorded in the Caribbean. Canadians are encouraged to help support emergency response efforts by making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross.

“The destruction from Hurricane Irma is expected to leave hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need of assistance, including shelter, water, food and healthcare. The Canadian Red Cross is working closely alongside regional Red Cross teams, preparing to respond to the needs of those impacted by the expected devastation.” 
– Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

It is estimated that over 31 million people will be affected by Irma’s trail through the Caribbean and United States. The Canadian Red Cross has a presence in the area and is coordinating with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and supporting the mobilization of regional Red Cross teams.

Canadians wishing to help people impacted by this disaster may make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Hurricane Irma Appeal online at, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

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About the Canadian Red Cross 
Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world.

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